Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 26, 2014

Student accused of making knife threats

BY MATT TROUTMAN mtroutman@record-eagle.com
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — SUTTONS BAY — A Suttons Bay High School student faces expulsion on accusations he threatened two fellow students with a knife during a weekend school dance.

Leelanau County sheriff’s deputies took the male suspect, 17, into custody on Monday. Suttons Bay Public Schools Superintendent Mike Murray said officials called law enforcement that day after a group of students told their principal about an incident that occurred Saturday at the high school’s “Snow Ball.”

“The student was immediately suspended pending a hearing,” Murray said.

Witnesses told authorities that the victim was a 15-year-old student who danced with the suspect’s sister. The suspect grabbed the victim from behind at a drinking fountain, held the blade against his neck and told him not to dance with his sister again.

Authorities said the suspect also threatened another student who confronted him over his behavior.

Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Borkovich called it an “extremely isolated incident.”

“I’m not aware of any prior incidents with him,” he said.

Murray said the school will hold a March 7 hearing on the incident. He said if officials determine a weapon was involved, Michigan law calls for a one-year expulsion.

“If something occurs that involves safety we’re going to act quickly and decisively,” he said.